“Give the priests in Jerusalem whatever is needed in the way of young bulls, rams, and male lambs for the burnt offerings presented to the God of heaven. And without fail, provide them with as much wheat, salt, wine, and olive oil as they need each day. Then they will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven…” Ezra 6:9,10 NLT
This verse reminds me of another in I Peter 1:3 “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
So many times God gives me a direction, a command or a purpose and as I look to its accomplishment I can only say , “God this is impossible!”
Ezra and his followers were in a similar situation. After the utter destruction of their home and temple, 70 years of slavery and the loss of all their national wealth the idea of rebuilding the temple of God must have seemed impossible. Beyond that even if the temple could be built, raising the herds required for national sacrifice and consecration of the new temple would have taken generations for a people who had become for the most part city dwellers. Like I said “impossible”!
I have learned though when God gives an impossible command He makes an impossible way. We serve a God who began this whole shootin’- match by making something out of nothing.
“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Ge. 1:2,3 NLT
It was His first lesson. It is the one He is continually hammering home. So do not be discouraged when the God of Heaven sets you an impossible task. It just means He is going to provide what you currently lack… as long as you ask! Ahh! and there’s the rub! When He gives you a tough road He expects to hear from you a request to move the mountains out of the way. He does not expect you to tackle Everest under your own power.
So allow me to ask, “What difficulties are you trying to figure out on your own rather than bringing them to God?”